Youngsters learn about the dangers of CO

By GEM Staff Reporter in Local People

Youngsters from across south Wales are being invited to enter an annual competition to come up with something creative that warns of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO), and to win cash prizes for themselves and their local school or organisation.

The competition, which is being led by Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service for the area, is urging local pupils aged 5 – 11 to produce an eye-catching poster, poem or entry in another medium, like a film, which is both informative and accurate, and warns of the dangers of CO poisoning and how to avoid them.

During 2016 Wsouth Wales that were CO-related and the company hopes, by taking part in the competition, that more people will become aware of the dangers and the warning signs to look out for.

As part of the competition Wales & West Utilities will pick two winners – one from Key Stage 1 and one from Key Stage 2 –who will personally receive £150 and £300 for their school/organisation (which can include uniformed organisations such as Scouts, Brownies and Guides).

They will then go forward to a national competition where they have a chance to win £300 for themselves and £600 for their school/organisation, in addition to the area winner prize.

Each winner will also be invited to attend a prize-giving ceremony in the Palace of Westminster. Entrants must be received by Friday, May 5 and judging will take place by June 5.

The competition across the south west of England and Wales was recently launched by ex-Wales and British Lions rugby player, Tom Shanklin, who said: “This competition presents a fantastic opportunity for youngsters across south Wales to have some fun, put their creative talents to good use, while also spreading the vitally important safety message.

“There are some fantastic prizes to be won and I urge young people to get involved!”

Entries can be emailed to: For more details on the competition visit or email

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